#289 / 13,450' Horn Peak

Quadrangle › Horn Peak
Summit Location › Peak Route Icon N 38° 02' 19.27", W 105° 35' 10.26" (Not Field Checked)

Peak Summary

A popular Sangre de Cristo day hike peak that is accessed by trail almost all the way to the summit. Generally easy class 2 hiking. Can be combined with Fluted Peak and Little Horn Peak for a longer circuit route that begins and ends near the Horn Creek ranch.

Horn Peak East Ridge Route

Class 2
Peak Icon Peak Icon
Long Day // Back for Dinner
Climbed with Fluted Peak
RT From Horn Peaks and Fluted TH: 8.5 mi / 4,580'
RT From End of Horn Peak Approach Hike with Fluted Peak: 6.5 mi / 4,300'
  • Trailhead
    • Horn Peaks and Fluted TH

      From the town of Westcliffe, drive south on HWY 69 for approximately 4.5 miles and turn south onto CR119. In just over one mile, turn west onto CR130. Follow this road west for nearly 5 miles where the paved Horn Road veers to the left while the unpaved Little Horn Road continues west. Follow CR130 (Horn Road) south, then turn right to avoid going into Horn Creek Ranch and follow the road around to the TH or continue to a circle parking area with some trees and possible camping. The road will change from paved to graded dirt on this last section.

      Alternate route: Drive south from Westcliffe on HWY 69 three miles and turn right (west) onto Schoolfield Road (CR140). Go one mile, then turn back south onto Macey Lane and drive south for two miles to Horn Road and then turn right (west) and drive 3.5 miles to Horn Creek Ranch. At a signed junction by the ranch entry, turn right again and drive another quarter mile to the TH.


      Camping

      In the past, we have been able to camp right at the trailhead, or in the circle parking area past the TH, but keep in mind that Horn Creek Ranch and other properties are very close by and there are no facilities at the TH other than a vault toilet. Also, regulations may have changed since we were there.

    Approach
    • Via Horn Peak Approach Hike

      Near the beginning of the Horn Creek Trail, there should be signage for the Rainbow Trail. From the Horn Creek TH, follow the trail for about 1/2? mile or so to a four-way junction. Take the right fork to intersect the Rainbow Trail, in the direction of Dry Creek. Overall distance is perhaps 3/4 mile to here. Follow the Rainbow Trail north for another third of a mile until it intersects the Dry Creek Trail. The climb for Horn Peak begins at this intersection.


      Camping

      At-large camping is available a little beyond the trail head where the road ends in a loop. At our last visit in 2000, there were no facilities at all here. Remember that if you camp here, you are very close to the Horn Creek Ranch so your campsite is not very private and private property is close by.


      Open This Approach in a New Window
    Peak Icon Route Map Photos

    Route Info Horn Peak East Ridge

    Route Description

    Year Climbed: 2000
    From the Dry Creek/Rainbow Trail junction, turn west up the Dry Creek trail and follow it for about 2 miles as it takes you along the stream. At 10,600 feet, the trail begins to pull up away from the stream on the north slope to gain altitude. At 10,900 feet, you should come to a trail intersection. The Dry Creek trail continues south, back toward the creek, while the old Horn Creek trail ascends steeply north to gain the east ridge of Horn Peak. Once on the ridge, continue hiking on the trail SW, then west up through the trees to treeline. In the higher tundra, the trail begins to dissipate. Just continue walking over Class 2 terrain of tundra, embedded rocks, and as you approach the summit, more rocks and rubble until you reach the actual summit. Admire the vast view of the Wet Valley below you to the east. It should be noted that this description is for what may be an older trail approach (which may be "closed") to Horn Peak and a newer route, preferred by the Forest Service has been introduced as indicated in this SummitPost report. That route takes you another 3/4 mile past the Dry Creek trail junction and then heads west, eventually crossing Hennequin Creek and gaining a NNE ridge of Horn peak at the elevation marker of 12,665 ft.

    http://www.summitpost.org/horn-peak-trail/158164


    Additional BETA

    Links to other information, routes & trip reports for this peak that may be helpful.
Warning! Climbing peaks can be dangerous! By using this site and the information contained herein, you're agreeing to use common sense, good judgement, and to not hold us liable nor sue us for any reason. Legal Notice & Terms of Use.
Donate to Climb13ers.com ›